Data shows continued enrollment decline for Austin ISD as neighboring districts grow

District data for Northwest Austin school districts
(Designed by Jay Jones/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Designed by Jay Jones/Community Impact Newspaper)

While student enrollment continues to climb in Round Rock and Pflugerville ISDs, Austin ISD has experienced a student population decline over the past five years. From the 2015-16 school year to the 2019-20 school year, AISD enrollment dropped by 3.27%—a loss of nearly 3,000 total students.

The charts below include information on student enrollment, demographics, teacher salaries and more.

AISD’s enrollment has dropped by more than 6,000 students in the last six years, according to state data. Last year, AISD trustees voted to close and consolidate four elementary schools—three in East Austin and one downtown campus—for the 2020-21 school year.

After two delayed decisions on the subject, RRISD trustees in May voted to raise teacher salaries by 2% across the board. The salary increases amount to more than $8 million in the district’s budget.

PfISD approved a minimum 3% pay increase for its teachers and staff in March. The vote occurred before the district closed its campuses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to state data, both AISD and PfISD have higher percentages of English language learner students than the average rate across the state of Texas.

AISD employed nearly 12,000 people in the 2019-20 school year, according to state data. That makes it one of the largest employers in the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan statistical area.

According to the Austin Chamber of Commerce, AISD and RRISD—with 6,610 employees in the 2019-20 school year—are two of a dozen organizations in the Austin area with 6,000 or more employees.

By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.